Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

My husband picked this book as an audiobook for the family trip to Quebec because it sounded similar to the Hunger Games series. I was happy with the choice because I read and enjoyed lots of Mercedes Lackey as a teen.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA fantasy/post-apocalyptic

Length: 374 pages

Setting: Mostly around Apex, a near future Washington D.C.

Summary: Short version: Hunting fairy monsters with politics Continue reading


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Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian

This is the fifth book in the Aubrey and Maturin series. I picked it up mainly to get the O author.

Published: 1978

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 325 pages

Setting: the Napoleonic Wars, mostly on the HMS Leopard in the Atlantic and Southern Oceans

Summary: Short version: Jack is off to Australia, with adventures along the way Continue reading

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The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

My mother recommended this book as a potential book club book, but there weren’t enough in the library system for that to work. There was an ebook, though, that I could read on vacation.

Published: 1999

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 233 pages

Setting: Delft, 1664-1676

Summary: Short version: It’s the women who suffer because of a genius in their lives Continue reading

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The Minotaur’s Wife by Thomas K. Carpenter

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: September 2016 in Galaxy’s Edge: Issue 22

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Setting: a diner between Albuquerque and Durango, present day

Summary: Short version: All is not what it seems at breakfast in the diner Continue reading

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The Road to Gandolfo by Robert Ludlum

This was a random book I picked up at the library’s used book sale solely because I recognized the author’s name.

Published: 1975

Genre: action/adventure

Length: 291 pages

Summary: Short version: A plot to kidnap the Pope and collect ransom fails Continue reading

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Intergalactic P.S. 3 by Madeleine L’Engle

I saw this at the local library and just had to scoop it up. It’s an A Wrinkle in Time story that I’ve never read, mostly because I didn’t know it existed. Once I learned about it, I had to read it.

Illustrator: Hope Larson

Published: the story was originally published in 1970; this illustrated edition was published in 2018

Genre: middle grade science fiction

Length: 107 pages

Setting: mostly the Third Planet of the Teachers, after A Wrinkle in Time

Summary: Short version: Meg’s entrance exam into Intergalactic P.S. 3 Continue reading

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Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar

I listened to an Ideas podcast with the author of this book and found the story so fascinating, I wanted to read the book. I finally got around to reading it.

Subtitle: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction

Length: 309 pages

Setting: Atacama Desert of Chile, 2010

Summary: Short version: the subtitle tells it all Continue reading

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